Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300 review: Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300


Technically, the T135-S1300 leaves nothing to be desired as far as ports and features. In addition to a sleep-and-charge USB port, there's also an SD card reader and an HDMI port. Which raises the question: why include an HDMI port? To have one suggests the T135-S1300 is an HD-savvy laptop. That's hardly the case. While video files tended to play borderline passably, streaming full-screen video from sites such as Hulu came in extremely choppy, and that was in low-res mode. While it's true that HDMI is fast becoming a universal CE standard, we're not exactly sure what you would use the included HDMI port for.

Our T135 config had a 250GB hard drive, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, and an Intel Pentium SU2700 processor. The T135 can also be configured with an SU4100 processor, and we're curious as to whether this would improve the performance, and by how much. Our T135 also had Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed, as it's a launch laptop for Microsoft's new operating sytstem. Windows 7 was a good experience on this machine, which further convinces us of Win7's versatility.

Intel's Pentium SU2700 processor is a single-core ultra-low-voltage processor that performs better than a Netbook-grade Intel Atom processor, but not by much. Single-core CULV CPUs, as opposed to dual-core processors, don't do multitasking well and are best for basic tasks. For general e-mail, Web browsing, and office work, the SU2700 will do just fine. The T135-S1300 performed similarly, but worse than, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350, which also had an SU2700 processor (but an extra gig of RAM). Compared with other thin-and-lights such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U350, the Dell Adamo, and the Asus UL30A, the T135-S1300 was the worst performing of all.

Juice box
Mainstream (Avg watts/hour)  
Off (60 percent) 0.25
Sleep (10 percent) 0.6
Idle (25 percent) 6.96
Load (05 percent) 20.96
Raw kWh Number 26.26
Annual energy cost $2.98

There is good news, however, in the battery-life department: the six-cell battery in the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300 ran for 5 hours and 42 minutes using our video playback battery drain test, which is a more extreme challenge than normal laptop use would provide. That battery life is better than most thin-and-lights, including the Acer Aspire 3810T.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
1,432 
Dell Adamo
1,864 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
3,836 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
275 
Dell Adamo
345 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
379 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
275 
Dell Adamo
357 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
370 

Video playback battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus UL30A
401 
Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
342 
Dell Adamo
156 

Toshiba includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Satellite T135-S1300, which can also be upgraded to three-year coverage. Support is accessible 24-7 via a toll-free phone line, an online knowledge base, and a Web site with driver downloads.

Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700; 3072MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Toshiba 5400rpm

Asus UL30A
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Seagate 5400rpm

Lenovo Ideapad U350
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU2700; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Western Digital 5400rpm

Acer Aspire 3810T
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 1066MHz; 128MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Dell Adamo
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9300; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 779MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 128GB Samsung SSD

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    Toshiba Satellite T135-S1300

    Part Number: PST3AU-00F008

    As shown: $599

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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Installed Size 3072 MB
    • Color fusion finish in nova black
    • Weight 4 lbs
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500M
    • CPU Intel Pentium SU2700 / 1.3 GHz